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Festival del Sole Creates Its Own Artistic Aura

The sun shining down on Napa has created a wonderful gravitational pull with the events offered at this year’s Festival del Sole. Featuring beloved and up-and-coming performers from classical music, jazz, opera, ballet, and theater, the ten-day festival is now attracting leading lights onstage, and leading luminaries off. Adding a cultural component to celebrations of…

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The Immaculate Collection by Joy Venturini Bianchi

For fashion connoisseurs of vintage-rare garments and accessories, attending Joy Venturini Bianchi’s Helpers House of Couture is the equivalent of discovering a promise land. The hip home-shop (a two-story house on Fulton Street) makes couture dreams come true for shoppers looking for exclusive fashions for a fraction of its original decadent price. All proceeds from the…

2014 BAAA Benefit & Fashion Show Launch Party with Carmen Marc Valvo

Carmen Marc Valvo’s Evening at Saks

The furs were flying in the best possible way when Carmen Marc Valvo swung into Saks Fifth Avenue to preview his evening collection and honor the Arthritis Foundation. Showing a suite of signature looks from his Fall ’14 collection, Valvo emphasized how much he enjoyed aligning his work with causes he cares about. “To be…

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Amour Vert: Sustainability and Style in Hayes Valley

What do you get when you cross a German entrepreneur with a Parisian engineer? Romantic love…and Amour Vert, a sustainable clothing label and the newest sustainable fashion boutique in Hayes Valley.  Power couple Christoph Frehsee and Linda Balti hosted a delightful preview soiree Thursday evening before the store’s official public opening on Friday to show off what promises to be thenew hot spot…

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Big Smiles and Pledges at Stern Grove’s Big Picnic Fundraiser

12,000 music lovers gathered at Stern Grove, San Francisco’s cherished natural amphitheater, on Sunday to celebrate the opening day of the admission-free Summer concert series that brings fans together with some of the most talented musical groups in the world. And, Sunday’s kickoff day was a double header for the Stern Grove community.  Before the first…